Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

mockingjay_part_2_posterMockingjay, the final book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, always felt unfilmable to me. It broke drastically from the formula of the previous books, with no true Hunger Games as a part of the plot, covering instead a vast, complex revolution through the eyes of a damaged, broken, hopeless teenager. It was epic in scale yet filled with intimate, intense, but often internal emotions. It required basically reintroducing the audience to the universe, now filled with entirely different situations and concerns than of which we were aware in the first two books. And to cap it all off, it was one of the most dark, tragic, violent, and depressing finales to a beloved sci-fi series in recent memory. So the fact that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 not only works as a cohesive narrative, but is about as good a film version of an unfilmable book as possible, is praiseworthy, even if it struggles at times under the weight of its own story as well as immense expectations.

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Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.

I’ve actually got two new trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 for you today.  First up is a followup to the previous teaser, which showed President Snow giving an address to Panem with Peeta surprisingly by his side.  He’s once again addressing the nation with Peeta beside him, but this time he has another guest and things have a remarkably different tone even before the surprise at the end of the address.  Take a look and read on for my comments and the first full teaser trailer for Mockingjay – Part 1.

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Trailer Wednesday: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Donald Sutherland and Josh Hutchinson as President Snow and Peeta Mellark

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.

Since I’ve been a little lax with the Trailer Tuesdays lately, and I haven’t seen as many movies in the theater due to some family health issues, I’m going to try to post a trailer every day for a full week (starting with the one yesterday).  Conveniently, the first teaser trailer for the awkwardly titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released today, and it’s a juicy one.  Take a look at it below and read on for my thoughts.

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